Publishers’ task to unlock ebook market

Penguin House?

As we mentioned yesterday, the marketplace of ideas around what the Random House/Penguin merger all means is heating up. The Financial Times‘ Robert Cookson looks at bigness vs. smallness and might vs. agility as competing strategies for success in an increasingly digital world. In smallness’ corner is indie house Salt Publishing’s Christopher Hamilton-Emery:

“I don’t think big necessarily means better.” The rise of digital publishing, he argues, is likely to lead to an “explosion” of smaller, more focused publishers that can harness technology to establish relationships directly with consumers.

—Brian Howard

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